Learning , productivity , and noise : an experimental study of cultural transmission on the Bolivian Altiplano

@inproceedings{Effersona2005LearningP,
  title={Learning , productivity , and noise : an experimental study of cultural transmission on the Bolivian Altiplano},
  author={Charles Effersona and Peter J. Richersonb and Richard McElreathb and Mark Lubellb and Ed Edstenc and Timothy M. Waringb and Brian Paciottib and William Baumc},
  year={2005}
}
  • Charles Effersona, Peter J. Richersonb, +5 authors William Baumc
  • Published 2005
The theory of cultural transmission distinguishes between biased and unbiased social learning. Biases simply mean that social learning is not completely random. The distinction is critical because biases produce effects at the aggregate level that then feed back to influence individual behavior. This study presents an economic experiment designed specifically to see if players use social information in a biased way. The experiment was conducted among a group of subsistence pastoralists in… CONTINUE READING

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